RadarBox: Vueling Has Exceeded Pre-Pandemic Flight Numbers

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LONDON – For the first time this Winter, Spanish carrier Vueling has exceeded pre-pandemic movement numbers properly, continuing on their successes from the Summer.

The airline has been consistent in some periods, and this will continue as passengers want warmer climates ahead of a violent winter in the UK & Europe.

Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…

The Numbers…

For this week, the carrier achieved 472 movements, based on a seven-day rolling average provided by RadarBox.com.

This represents an increase of 25.87% compared to the same period last year and is around 19 movements ahead of pre-pandemic levels (2019’s number).

Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data based on the carrier’s seven-day rolling averages:

Date2019 Numbers2021 Numbers2022 NumbersPercentage Difference (2022 vs. 2021)
November 5-12528 movements425 movements511 movements+20.24%
November 12-19512 movements341 movements513 movements+50.44%
November 19-26509 movements341 movements487 movements+42.82%
November 26-December 3536 movements359 movements501 movements+39.55%

For Vueling, they did exceed pre-pandemic numbers between November 12-19, but the difference of one doesn’t account for a total exceeding of that period.

Canary Islands The Next Focus…

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One of the focus points for the airline over the Winter is the Canary Islands, as more flights are introduced.

Spanish low-cost carrier and IAG group airline Vueling has announced that it will be adding three more routes from London Gatwick to the Spanish Canary Islands for the upcoming winter season, thus allowing British tourists to escape harsh weather and enjoy more winter sun.

As the carriers are ramping up their preparation for the upcoming winter season after a lucrative summer travel season, Vueling is placing emphasis on connecting the British capital to the most visited destination in the Spanish Canaries.

The carrier has identified the importance of added frequency and route options that could lure UK markets to escape over Christmas and the northern winter season.

Vueling has announced the three additional routes from London Gatwick that will operate as per the following schedule published by the carrier with effect from 6th December 2022.

As per the published schedule, the new route between London Gatwick and Tenerife South will start on 6 December 2022, with flights operating thrice weekly on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.

Following this, the new route will connect London with Gran Canaria twice a week with flights on Wednesday and Saturday starting from 7 December.

The third route will connect London Gatwick with Lanzarote on twice a weekly schedule starting from 8 December 2022, with flights operating on Thursday and Saturday.

These new routes introduced between London and Spanish Canary Islands will add further fuel to the recovering tourism economy in the post-pandemic era, as it will ensure a steady flow of British tourists to the region, which has long been famous amongst UK travelers.

With the introduction of these routes, Vueling will have an increased presence in the UK region, with flights being operated from 9 cities, including London Stanstead, London Gatwick, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, and Newcastle upon Tyne.

The carrier has kept its focus on the capital city of London, thus increasing frequencies and additional routes from the city. Currently, Vueling has an extensive route network from London Gatwick connecting mainland Europe with destinations like Paris, Rome, Genoa, and Florence beyond Spanish cities.   

Courtesy – GCM.

Vueling has stated that the launch of these new routes forms part of Vueling’s ‘Advanced Network design Transformative Plan’, as the company is putting particular emphasis on spreading the seasonality of sales with the expansion of the network to attractive destinations during the winter months.

Being an IAG subsidiary, Vueling offers an extended network beyond its routes via its partnering IAG and One World carriers which can offer extended flight options for passengers connecting beyond the United Kingdom, thus extending its horizons beyond Europe.

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